Warner looks like a real-life doll as she prepares for her trip home to St. Paul.
The first baby born in Alaska this New Year was delivered at the Alaska Native Medical Center shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day. At 2:07 a.m., the world welcomed Valya Warner, who weighed in at a healthy 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 ¾ inches long.
Valya’s parents, Rene and Richard Warner, had previously joked about the possibility of having a New Year’s baby, “I told my wife if she was born on New Year’s, I’d tease her every year and say the fireworks are her birthday present,” Richard told the media.
The Warners happily returned home to St. Paul Island with the town’s newest resident, where her four older siblings awaited, eager to meet their new baby sister.